WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eleven years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled corporations and outside groups can spend unlimited money on election campaigns.
Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Rep. Jared Golden said Tuesday the For the People Act is the law that will bring major reform to the country’s election laws.
“And our Congress is locked in near unbreakable gridlock. Unable or unwilling to tackle major reforms that our country so desperately needs,” he said.
Other proponents of election reform agreed.
“Too many people feel that special interests have way too much influence and way too much power in setting the policy agenda,” said Tiffany Muller, executive director of the End Citizens United Action Fund.
“Included in the campaign reform bill is a measure to weed out foreign influence by requiring online platforms to only sell political ads to someone with a u.s. Address.
“So we can build a just society when we make the rich and powerful play by the same rules as everybody else,” said Anna Kellar, executive director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.
The proposed campaign regulations also would allow for online voter registration and require all political groups to reveal who donated money to their cause.
“These measures help to ensure that no matter where you live, you can vote and have your vote be counted. And we should all be proud that many of these policies are already in place in Maine,” said Maine League of Women Voters President Jill Ward.
The bill is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives Wednesday.
“But the worst corruption of all is that these campaign activities and the practices that take place inside, outside, and all around our capital, in the House and in the Senate are legal,” Golden said.